Top home inspection problems

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Rick Jacquemard, Flatirons Home Inspections

Rick Jacquemard, Flatirons Home Inspections

A professional home inspection will reveal a lot about your future home. Besides learning about the mechanical operations of your home the inspection will reveal any obvious defects. A recent national survey of home inspectors revealed what are the eight top home inspection problems.

• Improper surface grading and drainage. This was by far the most frequently found problem.

• Improper and undersized electrical wiring. Many inspectors, about 20 percent, found this to be the most common home inspection problem.

• Older and damaged roofs. About nine percent of inspectors cited this as the most-common home inspection problem. 

• Deficient and older heating systems. Problems include broken or malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, unsafe exhaust flues and cracked heat exchangers.

• Poor Overall Maintenance including cracked, peeling or dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, make-shift wiring or plumbing.

• Damage to structural components such as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters or window and door headers.

• Plumbing defects including the existence of old or incompatible piping materials, faulty fixtures and waste lines and improperly strapped hot water heaters.

• Exteriors items such as doors and wall surfaces, inadequate caulking and/or poor weather stripping.

Be sure your inspector has thoroughly covered these areas in their report. It is recommended you have a list of questions for the inspector.

For more information on home inspections contact Rick Jacquemard, at 720.280.3544, e-mail rick@flatironshi.com or visit flatironshi.com.

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